Jimmy Carter with the WH solar panelsSept. 7, 1965: Unity College in Maine is chartered as the first environmentally focused college in the U.S. In the 1990s, the school makes a political statement when it applies for and receives the solar panels installed on the White House roof by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 (at right). The panels become available after they are removed during the Reagan administration in 1986.

Sept. 7, 1972: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi gives the go-ahead for development of an Indian nuclear weapon. The first successful test occurs two years later.

Sept. 7, 1988: The horrific, summer-long fires at Yellowstone National Park reach the area around the “Old Faithful” geyser.  Firefighters save the historic Inn at Old Faithful.

Photo: Jimmy Carter Library

This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.